NSCI 102 Biology of Infectious Disease

Professor: John Ferguson

CRN: 12400

Time: Tu Th 2:50 pm - 4:10 pm OLIN 107
Lab: Wed 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm ROSE 305

This course, intended for the nonscience major, investigates several human infectious diseases in detail, using actual case studies where possible. Bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoan, and metazoan disease agents will be covered. Students are expected to read each case before class and be prepared to discuss the manifestations, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of the case. Most case studies come from the nontechnical literature and serve as paradigms of scientific methodology as applied to the diagnosis and rational treatment of human disease. Amplification of the physiological bases of disease is provided through lectures and additional reading.


NSCI 108 Cancer Biology

Professor: Michael Tibbetts

CRN: 12401

Time: Mon Th 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm HEG 201

This laboratory course, which is designed for the nonscience major, examines the molecular genetic nature of cancer. Specific environmental causes and their effects on the molecular biology of cells are the main focus. Within the context of these major topics, current laboratory techniques in molecular and cell biology are introduced. In addition, cancer epidemiology, cancer therapy, and the hereditary nature of certain types of cancer are discussed.


NSCI 225 Einstein

Professor: Peter Skiff

CRN: 12402

Time: Tu Th 1:20 pm - 2:50 pm HEG 102

An examination of Einstein's life and work, the impact of his work on current world views, and some of the many controversies involved therein, using biography and popular descriptions of the relativity theories, atomic theories, and optical theories. We will compare the advantages of methods of positivism and realism in philosophy and of "internalism and "externalism in the history of science. Readings include some primary sources; secondary authors include Clark, Pais, Zukav, Reichenbach, Miller, and Holton. Accessible to students with no prior college-level scientific or mathematical experience.